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Franklin University and City of Columbus Department of Public Safety Announce Education Partnership

For Immediate Release: March 16, 2017

Contact Sherry Mercurio, Director of Public Relations, 614.947.6581

Columbus, OH —

Franklin University, one of the leading educators of working adults, is pleased to announce its new educational partnership with the City of Columbus Department of Public Safety. Through this partnership, the University continues its mission to provide high quality, relevant education to the broadest possible community of learners to achieve their goals and enrich society.

Through today’s announcement, employees of the City of Columbus Department of Public Safety now have the opportunity to save on the overall cost of a degree or certificate with a book benefit and a tuition discount from the following undergraduate majors or graduate programs in Franklin University’s College of Health & Public Administration:

  1. Criminal Justice Administration
  2. Emergency Management & Homeland Security
  3. Public Administration (undergraduate)
  4. Public Administration (master’s)
  5. Public Safety Management & Leadership (undergraduate)
  6. Criminal Justice Leadership (graduate certificate)

In addition, members of the Department of Public Safety can get credit toward a degree for completed police or fire academy coursework and advanced training.

Responsible for the management of the operations for the divisions of Fire, Police and Support Services, the City of Columbus Department of Public Safety provides nationally acclaimed safety services to the residents of Columbus. Shifts in demographics, culture, education, physical abilities, job skill requirements and other differences have shaped modern safety services. In order to provide outstanding service and to create an organizational culture that reflects inclusion and recognizes and accepts the benefits of diversity, modern safety departments recognize the need to recruit highly educated people capable of leading change in an evolving technology-oriented society.

As a leader in adult education, Franklin University understands that balancing the need to stay current along with going back to school takes planning, commitment, and sacrifices. Through Franklin’s online programs, members of the City of Columbus Department of Safety can take classes on their schedule to continue their education they make themselves a current and relevant asset to their department and society. Providing an additional benefit, the Franklin faculty that teach these courses are academically credentialed and come from the field, providing a differentiator among other institutions of higher education. 

“The City of Columbus Department of Public Safety is committed to providing our staff with the training and education they need to perform at the highest standards,” said Ned Pettus, Director, Department of Public Safety. “Through our investment in this new educational partnership with Franklin University, we not only provide a means for positioning our employees to advance in their careers, we provide an efficient means of doing so through the acceptance of credit already earned through our Police and Fire academies.”

"We are honored to partner with the City of Columbus Department of Public Safety to offer the opportunity for their employees to continue their education," said Dr. David Decker, President, Franklin University. “Through academic partnerships, we can add to the development of employees from within an organization such as the Department of Safety, with the added benefit of preparing their workforces to lead their division forward into a new level of quality service."

About City of Columbus Department of Public Safety
The Department of Public Safety is comprised of the operation of the Divisions of Fire, Police, Support Services and the Safety Director’s Office for the City of Columbus.  Its mission is to build and maintain safe neighborhoods by working cooperatively with citizens to minimize injury, death and property destruction. Both the Fire and Police Divisions are nationally accredited, making Columbus the 3rd largest city in the nation to earn that distinction.  The Department oversees a budget of $577 million and a staff of 3955 employees.   

About Franklin University
Founded in 1902, Franklin University is one of the leading and most experienced educators of adult students. The University offers applied, in-demand undergraduate, master's and doctorate programs that enable adult learners to achieve their educational and professional goals.  From entrepreneurs to CEOs, more than 45,000 Franklin alumni can be found around the world contributing to the communities in which they live and work. Students can take classes through Franklin through its Main Campus in downtown Columbus, Ohio, two central Ohio locations, in Beavercreek, at co-locations across Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, and online. In addition, the University's MBA program is offered internationally through agreements with institutions in Europe and the Middle East. Further information regarding Franklin University can be found at

Franklin University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).


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